The future in Amstelveen: Para dance sport rolls into town

27/03/2024

Nearly 60 athletes from 14 countries are preparing to impress the judges in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, from 29-31 March as the latest World Para Dance Sport competition rolls into town. The event is expected to showcase the best of this fascinating and dynamic sport as titled dancers compete alongside debutants, from three continents. Six countries […]

Nearly 60 athletes from 14 countries are preparing to impress the judges in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, from 29-31 March as the latest World Para Dance Sport competition rolls into town.

The event is expected to showcase the best of this fascinating and dynamic sport as titled dancers compete alongside debutants, from three continents.

Six countries – Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Kazakhstan, Italy and Great Britain – are bringing new athletes to Amstelveen whilst the junior competition has also grown.

The singles events are hotly anticipated with a deep field of more than 40 competitors lining up.

In the men’s, Turkey’s Baris Bayraktar returns as a World Championships silver medallist from both the men’s single conventional and freestyle class 1. Like all dancers, Bayraktar will compete for the first time since stepping onto the podium at the Worlds in Genoa, Italy, in November 2023.

In the women’s the field is highlighted by previous medallists from the competition in Amstelveen. These include Finland’s Tuuli Harju and Austria’s Sanja Vukasinovic.

Harju won silver in the single conventional class 1 in 2023 whilst Vukasinovic reached the same position in the class 2.

Couples

Harju will also dance with partner Timo Pyykkonen in the combi standard class 1 as the winners from last year and World Championships silver medallists.

South Korea’s Hye-Jeong Jang and Youngho Lee, the world champions, will hope to impress in the duo standard 1.

Compatriots Chaeyoung Son and Youngho Lee, worlds silver medallists in the combi Latin class 1, are also out to take silverware back to South Korea.

Italy’s Laura Del Sere and Andrea Barbaris are another set of world title holders. Competing in the combi standard 2, the partnership will look to improve on their silver medal from the same venue in 2023.

Development

A competition for dancers using powerchairs will feature as an exhibition event for the second year running in Amstelveen as part of the development of Para dance sport.

Results from Amstelveen 2024 will be available after the conclusion of competitions at World Para Dance Sport’s website. Pictures will be published each day on the sport’s social media @paradance.